Current policy considerations about turning research, technology and innovation policy towards societal challenges include at the same time approaches to integrate technological Innovation and social innovation. Prominent approaches in the field are Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Science with and for Society (SWAFS), and (indirectly) the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Based on a review of these approaches, we examine how the integration of technological innovation and social innovation is conceptualized in these approaches. We present the concept of RRI, the conceptual rationale behind the program Science with and for Society, and the UN agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as potential approaches to bridge the (perceived) gap between technological and social innovation.
Presentation on June 7, 2017 – at the 2017 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum „The Future of STI – The Future of STI Policy” is organised by the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology , Vienna, Austria.